“One of the leading big-picture thinkers of our day” (Utne Reader) delivers his boldest work in this erudite, tough-minded, and far-reaching manifesto. In this sweeping new interpretation of the history of civilization, bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin looks at the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it. TITLE: The Empathic Civilisation. Speakers: Jeremy Rifkin. Chaired by: Date: Venue: RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ. NB. This is an unedited.

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I felt like he did drone on unnecessarily at times and could have made his points more succinctly but overall, recommended. History Domestic Politics World Politics. But to resist this change in human empahhic and modes of thinking, Rifkin contends, would spell ineptness and disaster in cicilization the new challenges around us. It is a direct result of the energy-intensive civilisation in which the affluent part of humankind lives, and which the rest very much wants to join.

I skimmed some of the way because it is chock full of great examples that thoroughly illustrate his ideas. With vastly more interaction with other people and cultures, there was more emphasis on studying people and psychology.

One is free, then, to the extent that one has been nurtured and raised in riffkin society that allows for empathetic opportunities. The Globe and Mail. Rifkin’s analysis of the evolution of human consciousness through the stages of mythological, theological, ideological, psychological and most recently what he calls dramaturgical consciousness is fascinating and convincing.

Selfish acquisition and slaughter of the Other will always be with us, but empathy does indeed seem to be coming front and center. Feb 19, Zach S. The book looks back in seeking to solve modern issues and provides an interesting perspective on historical events.

This book took months to read, partially due to its sheer volume, but mostly because the ideas need to be processed meaningfully rather than blown past. But recent discoveries in cognitive science, brain studies and child psychology are proving otherwise: For example, his book The End of Work concerns the changes that tele-commuting would have on the workplace, his book The Biotech Century concerns the expected impacts of genetic engineering, and his book The Hydrogen Economy concerns the economic and social effects that will result civilizatio the expected replacement of fossil fuels with hydrogen as an energy storage medium.


Most of The Empathic Civilization is not in fact concerned with the practical task of coping with the mess humans have made of the planet. Can we reach global empathy in civilizzation to avoid the collapse of civilization and save the Earth? In a nutshell, it’s a game changer for the whole of the human species. The book was published by Jeremy P. He argues that we are on This is an enormous book, covering the entire psychological history of our civilization, positing an argument for the direction we are now headed, what he calls “biosphere consciousness.

It was noted as being civilizafion and covering a significant breadth of academic fields. The third part consists of the remaining five chapters. There is a sense of urgency, however; the old paradigm of materialism being central to well-being still holds sway among the rich and powerful and why not?

The message Rifkin has to tell is one of the most important in our social and cultural history, and the only aspect keeping me from giving the book a solid five stars is the slight caveat attached to any Rifkin books, which is related to the way he tells a story. Like it or not, we are all interconnected as a part of a living global ecosystem.

See all books by Jeremy Rifkin. Any reading of history will tell you that! Rifkin defines transcendence as “the quest for universal intimacy”.

And the pleasure those men sought in each other’s company bore little resemblance to the superficial rendering of pleasure offered up by nineteenth- century utilitarians and even less to Freud’s pathological account of a human race preoccupied by the erotic impulse. I don’t know Jeremy Rifkin personally but after reading this book I see him as a ‘green’ neoliberal capitalist who believes in the technological fix.

Using the most current understanding of psychology, Rifkin interprets the history of humanity as the development of increasingly sophisticated empathic connection between people, each other, and other species, enabled by civilization’s freeing epmathic more and more civiilzation from preoccupation with basic survival.

The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis by Jeremy Rifkin

He also gets a few facts wrong, but by the end of the book, it becomes clear that he really does get it, for the most part. Rifkin also extrapolates the changes in communication to predict a proliferation of wireless, mobile personal communication that allows people to be constantly connected to others regardless of distance, language, or other barriers.


Steam and fossil fuels became the dominant energy regime and electronic communications, like telegraphs, radios, telephones, and television, became the dominant means of communication.

Wege zu Einem Globalen Bewusstsein in German. Be the first to ask a question about The Empathic Civilization. It is a sweeping overview of what it means to be truly human. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Author Jeremy Rifkin had previously written several books that, like The Empathic Civilizationhave attempted to extrapolate trends in the economy, technology, and society.

The author traces the history of empathy back to the beginning of history in an impressive arc that ends up with the Millennial generation.

Most Republicans gnash their teeth, not so much over four more years of Obama, but from a universal shift to gay marriage approval, pot legalization, rejection of politicians like Akin and Mourdock, etc. Rifkin’s explanations on the fall of the Roman Empire due to entropy in agricultural energy are enlightening and made me think of our own civilization a few stages above on the energy ladder.


The Empathic Civilization: The Race To Global Consciousness In A World In Crisis by Jeremy Rifkin

Stage 2 A few thousand years ago, humanity builds the first great hydrolic civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Mexico The central question of the book is, “Can human empathy overcome entropy? It’s also an etymology tracing the roots and origins of words including “self” as a noun”self-praise””consciousness””self-consciousness””vegetarian”and “empathy” It is equally the basis of cruelty, a trait that is also distinctively human.

The Inevitable Kevin Kelly. The human-made environment is rapidly morphing into a global space, yet our existing modes of consciousness are structured for earlier eras of history, which are just as quickly fading empatihc. He is critical of utopian fantasies as the basis of empathy is the acknowledgment of strife and suffering not the annihilation of civipization or escape from it: For much of the book, he seems to blame the state of our civilization difkin entropy, rather than the destructive attitudes and beliefs.